Supporting our students through a demanding programme such as medicine is of paramount importance. In addition to welfare support services available to all students at King’s, the GKT School of Medical Education provides a dedicated pastoral care support programme for medical students. In addition, the Medical Students Association offer peer support programmes.
Personal Tutors and Clinical Advisors
The Personal Tutor system provides pastoral care for students during years 1 and 2 of the programme. Students in their clinical years are supported through the Clinical Advisor system. Personal Tutors and Clinical Advisors are concerned with both pastoral care and academic progress. They monitor your progress and seek to act in your interest to resolve problems which may arise during your studies. The first days of your course will include sessions exploring some of the issues of studying medicine, giving you an opportunity to meet and work with others in your tutorial group.
Hear from one of our Clinical Advisors, Dr Anne Stephenson
'This aspect of my work is one of my favourites. It is a pleasure and privilege to meet and work with medical students and to see them graduate as caring and competent foundation doctors.'
Dr Anne Stephenson
Senior Clinical Advisor
Health and Wellbeing Lead
Hear from Michelle Robinson, Health & Wellbeing Lead for the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Having a long term or emergent health issue need not be an inhibitor to academic or professional progress. The Faculty Health & Wellbeing Lead is able to work with students on an individual basis to ensure specialist needs are met.
‘My role is varied and I work with everyone. Based within the Faculty, I support and advise students, particularly those with long term conditions, to access their chosen professional programmes.
Health & Wellbeing Lead
Screening for learning difficulties
A number of students discover learning issues such as specific learning difficulties during the course of their studies. In order to provide early interventions and appropriate support including reasonable adjustments in examinations, we encourage all new students to contact the College Disability Advisory Service for advice on diagnostic testing. We strongly recommend our students do this as soon as issues such as lower than anticipated test results, difficulty in following lecture content, poor memory/concentration, or inability to keep up with the course are noticed.
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Peer Tutor Scheme
The Peer Tutoring Scheme, run by the Clinical Skills Team, acts as a learning support method and complements curriculum teaching. The scheme enables peer tutors (senior medical students) to gain knowledge and confidence in teaching and improve their own competence in performing skills, by participating in a training programme, and then acting as clinical skills teachers. Alongside this the peer tutees (junior medical students) benefit, through improving their clinical skills and confidence. There are opportunities to join the Peer Tutor Scheme in years 3 to 5.
Medical Students Association
The Medical Students Association (MSA) is the student body of the GKT School of Medical Education. They represent medical students’ academic, social and welfare needs.
In addition to Wellbeing Week, MSA’s Mum’s and Dad’s schemes links new students with older current students. This provides a forum for mutual support between different year groups. This scheme works alongside the academic tutorial groups.